The full music video for Boa’s “Disturbance”, the new single that she initially performed during her solo ‘Boa Special Live 2013 Here I Am’ concert, is out! It is said that Boa’s brother Kim Soon Wook was the director of the video. Fans are especially excited about this release because it features Shinee’s Taemin, one of the most beloved maknaes in the Kpop industry.
I was immediately attracted to the song as soon as it began because of the sentimental piano piece, but what did it for me was the introduction of the bass. I have a thing for R&B songs. I also like the incorporation of the jazz guitar; it added a very nice touch to the arrangement of the song. Lyrically, the song tells the classic tale of a distancing relationship. It’s a gloomy and lonesome song; by this I mean that it’s the type of song that allows people to silently drown in their memories. When I get like this, I find myself analyzing what I did and did not do to help a relationship grow. Most of the time, one realized that time got in the way of the relationship and miscommunication occurred, leading to the lack of wanting to understand the person whom they once cared so deeply for. “Disturbance” captured all of these complex feelings perfectly.
The music video was also able to bring out these emotions by showing the growing and breaking points of Taemin and Boa’s relationship. Yes ladies, Taemin plays Boa’s love interest in this music video, it’s hard to take I know. At first I was conflicted at the thought of the two, not because I’m a diehard Taemin fan or anything, but because of the age difference and the obviously apparent sunbae/nuna and hoobae/dongsaeng relationship they had that was embedded in my mind. However, they both did a good enough job to at least convince me a little that they can actually be a very loving couple. The most interesting part of the video was the ending or should I say endings. Towards the end of the music video, two onscreen captions appear. One stated “Let time go by” while the other says “Go back to the past”. By clicking on either one of the buttons, the viewer will be able to see two different outcomes for Boa and Taemin. One is a happy ending where Taemin meets Boa and tells her he loves her, meaning that they will continue to work hard together in order to keep their relationship happy, healthy, and steady. The other one depicts Taemin crying to himself, having not gather enough courage and hope to go meet his love while Boa guiltily watches him from outside the house; heartbroken, she walks away. This was an extremely clever idea that was integrated into the mv and I applaud Kwon Soon Wook for it. It reminds me of RPG games where players have various options to pick as for what they want the ending to be like.
Both of these options are very significant because they outline how we as human beings must make difficult choices throughout our lives. The most difficult ones happen to deal with whom we choose to be with and keep in contact with whether that friends, family, or significant others. If you truly love someone but things are getting difficult, would you choose to keep pushing forward to better improve the relationship or would you rather let the person go for their own good and hope that you will not regret it later?
I really like “Disturbance” and the whole concept of the mv, again great job on Kwon Soon Wook’s part. The only thing I found a bit annoying was Boa’s voice, especially the vocalization of “ooooh, ooooh, eh eh yeeehh~” towards the closing of the song. Now before you say or do anything to your computer screen, just hear me out. I find Boa’s voice to be one of the most unique and phenomenal voices in the Kpop industry and I loved her voice, but she sure did mess it up when she went into the Japanese market. The thing about Japanese pop is that the singers over there use this nasally voice which sounds very off putting to me and Boa adapted to that style of singing. Now remember how luminous and smooth her voice sounded in her earlier songs like “Girls on Top”, “No. 1”, the collabs for “TPL” and “Promise You” with Anyband, and even during her little feature in DBSK’s “Tri-Angle”? Her once powerful and clear vocals have definitely been reduced if not gone in my opinion; but of course, it’s just a matter of taste.
Review By: Samantha Her
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